Infofile update failed

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Problem

amdump gives the following error:

infofile update failed

Solution

Make sure all directories and files are readable and writable by the Amanda user, within the directory you specified as infofile in amanda.conf(5). Such files occasionally have the wrong ownership set when amanda commands are run as root. Be careful to only run amanda server commands (amadmin(8), amdump(8), amflush(8), amcleanup(8)) as the Amanda user, not as root.

In general it is a good idea to do something like

  chown -R amanda:disk /usr/adm/amanda

at the the time you create the infofile and its related directory. (Adjust user/group and path to your installation.)

Credits

This text was originally contributed to the AMANDA-FAQ-O-Matic by gyles19@visi.com.

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